Shaun Ellis from Smarter Home of the Carolinas has done a write-up on a really overlooked facet of smart home – landscape lighting!
If your sprinklers run on a standard 110v or 220v irrigation timer with a three way toggle switch, you can automate your system in less than 10 minutes. The caveat? If your timer isn’t installed in a PVC box, you need STRONG Wi-Fi.
You’re sitting on your sofa, watching Arnold figure out what Willis is talking about. Meanwhile, in your back yard, your floodlights turn on because someone is sneaking around back there. Do you even know?
Using a Shelly module and DDD (Direct Device to Device communication), you can use one device to turn on another or a whole chain of others.
Another stubbed toe, another problem solved with a Shelly smart home product – the Shelly button.
Thanks to the plague of 2020, we’re all looking for interesting ways to pass the time – I’m no exception. Today, I started a fun project that combines low voltage, a Shelly 1, and my garage door. Depending on the kind of garage door opener you have, this project can be REALLY easy or it can be a little harder, but it isn’t out of anybody’s reach.
Whenever I automate a circuit, my two favorite modules are the Shelly 1 UL and the Shelly 2.5 UL. They’re my go-to for 90% of the circuits I work with, because they’re so quick and versatile, but offer great functionality. Here’s a quick install of a Shelly 1 with a Decora style switch in a standard single gang box.
Our friend Jason Churchward from The Smarter Home Club has shared a FANTASTIC write up on how to use a Shelly 1 module to control an inexpensive siren/strobe light he ordered from AliExpress.
Continue reading “Shelly 1 12v Outdoor Siren Strobe Alarm”
I spent a good part of the afternoon teaming up with Scott Grayban on a fun project that combines products from two of my favorite smart home companies – Shelly Cloud and Hubitat Elevation! (and also Smart Things, if you like them).
Scott and I connected last year when I was looking for help in getting a Zigbee dimming switch working with Smart Things. While the switch didn’t pan out (ZLL – go figure), the connection was far more valuable. I’ve found he has a really interesting perspective on a number of technologies and he “gets it” as well as anybody else when it comes to smart home. Feel free to check out some of his public projects on his repository HERE.